BCWF Report for June 2018

BCWF Report

Parksville Qualicum Fish & Game Assn.

June, 2018 

BCWF Action Fund

Last May 26 our club hosted the annual “All Round” shoot which is a fundraiser for the BCWF Action Fund at the Dorman Range.  Registration was capped at 80 shooters so some latecomers were turned away; unfortunate but it doesn’t work for a large number.  The weather was great, the lunch was up to high standard and we generated a bit over $3200 for the Action Fund.

The purpose of the BCWF Action Fund is to defend public access rights to lands and resources in BC.  The “Fund” is our members main resource for funding court action against illegal obstruction to public access to waterways in the Douglas Lake area of the Province.   Our participation in the BC Court of Appeal to support the decision by DFO to raise the resident angler allocation of halibut from 8% to 12% is a prime example where BCWF Action Fund support was important.  Legal costs for a Court Injunction to remove blockades to resident hunters in the Klappan River area also came from the BCWF Action Fund. These initiatives, of course, deplete the Action Fund and it needs ongoing replenishment as long as illegal obstructions to our free access to public lands and waters continue to threaten or deny our rightful legacy as Canadians.  There is no other source of revenue for the Action Fund except from members and clubs like ours.

Bill C 71

The BCWF has coordinated and consulted with the other Canada Wildlife Federation (CWF) Affiliates regarding concerns with Bill C-71 and bringing them to the governments attention.

Although most wildlife federations asked to testify before the Standing Committee for Public Safety and National Defence, only the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) received an invitation.  OFAH consulted with the other federations and their submission was unanimously endorsed by all CWF affiliates.

 

For months now the BCWF has been urging members and clubs to write Federal Minister Ralph Goodale to protest this proposed amendment to the Firearms Act.  If you need more information than you already have please visit the BCWF website.  There’s lots there, then write

1) Download the template letter, format it, print off and mail to Minister Goodale

The Honourable Ralph Goodale,

Minister of Public Safety

House of Commons

Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

2) Email your letter to Ralph Goodale at ralph.goodale@parl.gc.ca

3) Find your MP and Book a Meeting with them to talk about why you oppose Bill C-17

As we were told at the recent BCWF convention, “Write early…write often.”

Audit into cattle grazing leases in BC

In the past the BCWF has used legal services offered by the Environmental Law Center in the University of Victoria.  Recently it has collaborated with the Environmental Law Center to develop a case to request the BC Government to conduct an audit and examination of cattle grazing leases currently held on Crown Land and related issues.  Over the years members have made allegations with an increasing number of complaints, particularly from the Kamloops area, from naturalists, birders, and hunters where grazing leaseholders have been putting up gates and no trespassing signs.  Locked gates and ‘No Trespassing’ signs on grazing leases also obstruct public access to key Crown lands not under grazing lease — but are only accessible through grazing lease areas that now exclude the public.

In 1978 the B.C. government tried to get rid of grazing lease tenures that allow holders to lock out the public but failed with the implementation.  While other jurisdictions such as Alberta have made significant efforts to allow reasonable public access to leases, B.C. is living in the dark ages.  Grazing leases have no place in a modern, multiple-use Crown land management regime and a remedy is long overdue.

There is an overview of the request, a link to download the report and information about how you can help advocate for the best interest of the province and fellow British Columbians available by a link on the BCWF website.

Southern Interior Mule Deer Project

The BCWF is a key partner in a new, large-scale research project, involving multiple agencies and universities to tackle one of the most pressing needs in wildlife management in British Columbia – how to understand and reverse declines of mule deer in the Southern Interior. With contributions from Indigenous people, the public, stakeholders, and industry, this project brings together cutting-edge research on deer ecology with multiple partnerships to advance both evidence and cooperative-based approaches to wildlife conservation.

The GPS collars in the Kettle-Granby, Peachland/Garnet Valley, and Cache Creek study areas track the deer movements every 4.25 hours and provide information on the deers’ habitat use, how they move across the landscape, which areas they avoid, when and how they die. When a collar is no longer moving, a message gets sent to the project team which allows them to investigate factors contributing to the animal’s death.  In addition to the collars, at least 200 remote cameras will be deployed in the project areas to provide an understanding of how other animals (predators, prey, and people) interact with mule deer. The cameras will also provide recruitment data (fawn survival) and sex ratios (buck: doe), and potentially help count mule deer and other large mammals.

Respectfully submitted

Rod Wiebe – PQF&G Past President 1992 – 1998

Dorman Range Update – closures and newsletter

Everybody:

Please note the cancellation of Sporting Clays in July & August.

Due to a number of factors like the potential fire hazard, vacationing volunteers and vacationing shooters etc, there will be no Sporting Clays hosted by the P/Q club at the Dorman Range in July or August.

The range will be open for regular trap and skeet.

Please note – a modern watch was found on the range last Wednesday.  If this is yours, see Dave Vaton.

And for your interest, I am attaching the latest Dorman Range newsletter which will be published shortly on the Club’s website.

Thanks,

Ron

Dorman Newsletter-Summer 2018

New Board of Directors

On the 29th March 2018, PQFG held it’s Annual General Meeting.  Overall the meeting was well attended and we would like to thank everyone that came out and thanks to those who were key in organising the event.

Introducing your new board of Directors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The BOD photo depicts from left to right:  Don Mcllhargey, Phil Betts, Bob Patterson, Rion Porteous, Julie Blood (Secretary), Rod Wiebe (Vice President), Don Jordan, Lynn Wiebe (Treasurer), Doug Kitts (President).  Missing from photo:  Bruce Wall, Phil Charlesbois and Gordon Gebhardt.

 

 

Marion Baker Hatchery Report – April 2018

Marion Baker Hatchery Report

Our Chum (estimated at 100,000) and Coho (estimated at 35,000) fry are packing on the weight (actually grams) as they compete for the tasty, nutritious fish food morsels that we toss into their tanks three times a day. We’re estimating that by the end of April, the Chum will have grown enough (approximately 1 gram in size) to be released into the French Creek. The Chum will then proceed directly out to the ocean.

The Coho fry will have their adipose fin clipped to identify them as hatchery reared fish sometime in June prior to their release. If you are available to help with the fin clip or would like to drop by and see what the process entails or take part in the fry transport to various locations up French Creek please call or send an e-mail to Don at donjor56@shaw.ca. It is an interesting experience with a wide assortment of jobs and a devoted and fun group of volunteers. Coffee, donuts and lunch are provided.

Pete Redford (volunteer boss man) 250-752-6388 predford@shaw.ca 

Don Jordan  250-586-0761  donjor56@shaw.ca

BCWF Report April 25, 2017 – Rod Wiebe

BCWF Report

Parksville Qualicum Fish & Game Assn

April 25, 2017

It has been almost a year since I distributed a BCWF report to the membership.  There is no explanation for this other than reports from any of our Club Committees to our general membership have been few and far between.  Possibly, our club has become so large that the sub-cutures that have developed tend to communicate most with those who share their primary interest and ignore the rest of our membership.  Still, the majority of our members do care how all the components of our club are doing.

The BCWF has a database of email addresses that club members have included in their contact information.  These members get a weekly member update so a lot of BCWF information does get out there, at least, to those who want it.  My job will be to fill in some blanks with that, hopefully, with some consistency.  I also have to confess it is Beth, our newsletter person, who is nagging us back to action with our reporting.

Last weekend our club sent delegates to the BCWF Region 1 AGM held at the Courtenay club facility on Comox Lake.  There are 17 Vancouver Island clubs forming Region 1 with delegates from Victoria to Campbell River in attendance.  All the committees, Tidal Fisheries, Access, Firearms, Aboriginal Relations, etc reported on their activity over the last quarter.  The major item of discussion on the agenda was around access to private lands here on V.I.  There is actually a bit of controversy going on within club ranks around a consistent position in discussions with logging companies regarding increased public access to their lands.

Basically, the difference comes down to an absence of a clear Region policy, supported by all the V.I. clubs, regarding public access to private land.  The BCWF, Provincially and Regionally, have always advocated for public access to public lands but, other than the BCWF Outdoor Passport Program for access to private lands by BCWF members, there is no clear policy regarding advocacy for general public access to those same lands.

Logging companies have increased their outreach to local F&G clubs, ATV clubs, fisherfolks, horse people, etc in the recent past.  Their focus has been, understandably, on groups that have demonstrated responsible use of our landscape most with liability coverage for their members.  Usually these invitations have been to local clubs separate from the V.I. Region who has been the spokesman for us.  This has resulted in some disconnect between the V.I Region Access Committee and some clubs with the Victoria F&G club negotiating an access agreement for their members only exclusive of other BCWF affiliated club members.  This separation is contrary to the principle of inclusion which is at the very heart of BCWF service to its members.

Unqualified access to the general public has been a non-starter for any private land owner and any group advocating this starts out on the wrong foot in discussions with private land holders regarding access to their properties.  Some conditions to accessing private lands can be negotiated; others must be accepted and restrictions on who is admissible are to be expected.

Our club has ongoing discussion with Island Timberlands around access to their lands.  We have leaned towards access for any BCWF member, not just our club members in the expectation that a neighbouring club would speak likewise.  As a club we have good intuition regarding private landowners interests and been fairly silent on access for the general public.  Our Region representatives, however, are more vocal about allowing access on a broader scale.  So far we are all getting along but it would be a sad day if the clubs get Balkanized by different agreements on access to Private lands.  All the clubs, except the Victoria club it would seem, realize this and support getting together with our Regional representatives to review the current policy around access to private lands for mutual support.

This subject is currently the main subject of discussion and action by the F&G clubs on Vancouver Island.

Respectfully submitted

Rod Wiebe, Past President PQF&G 1992 – 1998